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Viva Z.

San Jose, CA

I have 13 years of private piano teaching experience. I specialize in foundational training, performance and exam prepping, and getting my students to love playing. My students enjoy playing, love performing and love practicing. My lessons are fun, exciting, and geared towards building foundations, pushing musicality and playing songs students love.

My students have participated in numerous concerts and competitions. Some younger students have gone on to study professional music. I've also taught numerous adults and seniors, who learn piano for pure enjoyment.

Whether you're looking for lessons for serious commitment or for pure enjoyment, these lessons are perfectly tailored towards what you need and want. Come join us in our next student recital!

About Viva

Degree: Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music.

As a concert pianist, Viva grew up performing and teaching music. Viva graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True.
Over the years, she has won numerous national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras including Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra. Additionally, she held numerous solo and student recitals recognized by TV stations such WCTV, as well as several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wil
mington Advocate newspapers.
In addition to performing, Viva's greatest passion is in teaching. Her beginner students grow an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. Her former piano students' levels ranged from beginner to advanced, and their ages ranged from 4 to 30. Two of her previously held student recitals were recognized by the Boston Globe and as a result of its success, one of which was recorded by WCTV for broadcast. Viva also speak English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently and have taught in these languages.

Theory and Pedagogical Approach:
"My students are not just masters of notes, but also masters of performance. My pedagogical approach centers on developing technique, theory, harmony, aural skills, but also artistry and showmanship. Apart from being taught the structural and aesthetic components of music, my students are taught the art of performance. Each of them is a showman and a stage performer. Two student recitals are held annually, and all friends and family are encouraged to join. I believe that any student who has a heart for music will be able to reach his/her greatest potential in music. I really look forward to becoming your child's step 1 towards scholarship and showmanship."

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very enthusiastic and exciting teacher. My students are always engaged and inspired to play and perform. My students will learn to play popular songs and familiar pieces, but most importantly develop into well-rounded performers.
Each lesson will focus on developing technique, aural skills and performance. Technique strengthens and develops students' fingers and provides the foundation. Aural skills includes ear training and singing, will develop the students' sense of pitch and tone. Performance will develop students' ability to master new songs and get ready to perform in front of others.
For beginners and intermediate students, I use the Alfred Series, Bastien Series and Thompson Series. For advanced students, heavy repertoire by well-known composers will be assigned.
Students can expect to excel individually but also collaboratively as there will be many opportunities to play duets with their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, seating for parents, living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano

*** Specialties ***
Levels: Beginner's, intermediate and advanced piano. While the focus is classical, there is also a lot of time for popular, jazz and ragtime. Lessons can be taught in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Students will have multiple opportunities to perform in public settings, in studio concerts or talent shows.
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
i wish to learn piano. i am simply new to music instruments. i am indian, i am going to stay for 3 months only. i wish regular class. if possible please call me. my no: 9256635260
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Pamela O. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Viva is amazing!! How did I get so lucky to find an instructor that is so passionate, talented, patient, and pleasant. She makes learning fun. I will definitely be taking more lessons and am excited to work with her.
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Linda L. February 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Viva is a patient, loving teacher. My 11-year-old son loves her piano lesson and has more motivation at practice since he started learning from Ms Viva.
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Viva Z.

Viva Z.

San Jose, CA 95126
(10)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Linda C.

Campbell, CA

About Linda

I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my
two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding for those who have learned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have a large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
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Adora C. August 5, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson went great! She was very nice and positive!
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Seiko O. July 14, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Linda was very understanding of our special needs for our daughter of which one was flexibility. Technically, she met daughter's needs from the start and made the
lesson challenging and fun.
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Benjamin R. July 2, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Our son had his first lesson today. Linda was patient and encouraging. She was knowledgeable and we were pleased to see her play her trumpet along with our son and model for him how to hold the trumpet and play properly.
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Linda C.

Campbell, CA 95008
(15)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA

Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Melissa. Please see her TakeLessons page here:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Intermediate
Learn about music theory regarding rhythm, harmony, and melody and how it applies to the piano. Learn how to talk about music and improve how you read sheet music and lead sheets.

Advanced
Learn about more advanced rhythmic feels. Understand modal concepts, and how to use them to improve how you currently play. Venture past diatonic playing into full comprehension of out chords and certain types of chromaticism.

About Jesse

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar class
es in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along with my wife, Melissa. We're very happy to be developing our own business, and are ready to help you any way we can. She specializes in beginning piano lessons for children. Please check her account on TakeLessons if that's what you're looking for:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped drum set

*An electric piano console

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Max K. May 17, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
My son's first experience with a stand up bass was terrific! There was as much smiling as learning. Thanks Jesse!
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Natasha April 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Awesome! Jesse is an encouraging and knowledgeable teacher! Only had one lesson so far, but I look forward to more!
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Andy March 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
he is GREAT!
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA

I love teaching piano! I have been teaching all levels for many years. I hold a Doctorate in Piano Performance, an Artist Diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Austria, and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. I am especially strong in teaching technique, sightreading, and repertoire. I have also had extensive Suzuki teacher training. My students do very well at competitive and non-competitive events. And they have loads of fun!

About DeAnna

Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students do well in competitive and non-competitive events. And, they have fun!
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Helen N. May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today is my first lesson, I found Deanna to be a caring professional
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Ben Wolf January 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
DeAnna breaks her teaching down into segments focusing on smaller aspects, such as technique (scales and arpeggios), reading, theory, and repertoire, which I find to be pleasantly approachable in addition to giving me concrete smaller goals to work toward every week. The pieces I learn for repertoire span many historical styles, including classical, Baroque, and even some modern pieces (which are usually arrangements I've found online of songs I enjoy).

Before I started lessons with DeAnna, I had some musical skill but not to the level I wanted. One of those songs I wanted to learn to play had a section so difficult as to seem impossible every time I tried to play it. With DeAnna's help, I was able to master that song in 4 months, to the point where I can play it through on a whim, completely memorized. And even of the songs we haven't gone over, I'm confident I can handle them on my own, using the approaches DeAnna has taught me.

In addition to her skills as a teacher, DeAnna is quite personable and patient, reasonable in her expectations yet encouraging me to push myself even more, understanding when life interferes with practice, and just all-around fun to work with. I'm always looking forward to the next lesson!
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DeAnna H.

DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(2)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA

Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa

I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.
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Michael May 21, 2016
Chess · Online
Verified Student
It was the first lesson. But I think it is going to be great.
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Noe May 9, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is so excited to begin lessons here. First one was fabulous and she's practicing every day.
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Casey K. May 9, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I've taken ukulele lessons with Melissa for about 3 months now. As a beginner to music, Melissa is patient with me and builds on topics and techniques in such a way that I was able to grasp them. Not only have we covered chords, strumming, and rhythm on the ukulele, but she taught me about music theory as well (which was unexpected but I've enjoyed learning!). I would definitely recommend Melissa for ukulele lessons!
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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